Reports


Grizzly Bear Photo

The authors of the Scientific Review of Grizzly Bear Harvest Management System in B.C. found that the Province has a high level of rigour and adequate safeguards in place to ensure the long-term stability of grizzly populations. The report was prepared by a panel of three respected wildlife biologists, one two from the University of Alberta and one from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, all leaders in the field of grizzly bear research and conservation.

The report includes 51 recommendations aimed at enhancing habitat protection, population inventory, access and harvest management, and increasing public consultation. Wildlife staff are updating the grizzly bear harvest management procedure to address some of the recommendations, while others require additional analysis.

Read the full report at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/management-issues/docs/grizzly-bear-harvest-management-2016.pdf

 

The Gorley report has been released after Mr. Al Gorley travelled the Province talking to stakeholders and First Nations. The BC Wildlife Federation was highly involved in the process. The Province is acting on all 21 recommendations in the report. Some of the immediate actions taken include:

  • Reducing the number of limited-entry hunts for moose cows and calves from 1,792 in 2011 to 200 in 2016.
  • Preparing moose management plans for the Peace, Omineca and Cariboo regions.
  • Using existing tools to increase habitat protection.
  • Expanding moose survey work planned for this winter to include calf mortality.

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The BC Wildlife Federation is presenting a series of six questions to the federal party leaders as well as candidates within ridings. Region 7B of the BCWF sent out the questions to the candidates for the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding.

See the candidate answers.

Executive Summary

Mountain goats are relatively abundant and found throughout the Peace Region. To better assess abundance and distribution of mountain goats across the Peace Region, a 5-year regional population assessment began in 2013. As part of this multi-year project, an aerial classified total count of mountain goats was conducted July 3-11, 2014 (Year 2 of 5) in Management Units 7-36, 7-43, and 7-57 of the Peace Region and Management Unit 7-37 of the Omineca Region of British Columbia. During the survey a total of 290 mountain goats were counted: 190 adults (males and females combined), 42 juveniles (yearlings and 2-year olds combined), 55 kids, and 3 unclassified individuals. A 65% sightability correction factor was applied to the total number of mountain goats counted, bringing the estimated number to 446. Information obtained from survey results will be used to manage sustainable harvest of mountain goats.

The full report:

North Peace Goat Inventory July 2014

 

Executive Summary

The winter of 2006-2007 was more severe than average in terms of snow depths, temperatures, and a delayed spring. The severe winter coincided with the liberalization of hunting regulations for mule deer in the agricultural area of the Peace Region by the Ministry of Environment. In order to quantify the immediate effects of these two factors on ungulate populations and to monitor changes in ungulate populations over time, four survey blocks that had been counted for a mule deer survey in 2005 were identified and re-surveyed from 2007-2010, 2012, and again in 2013-14, and will be surveyed annually when funding is available. The four blocks are in management unit 7-33. The count focussed on number and classification by age and sex of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose, and recorded observations of incidental species (primarily wolves, coyotes and sharp-tailed grouse). The total number of mule deer observed in 2013-14 was 270, representing an overall decrease of 60% in mule deer numbers from 2005, prior to the severe winter of 2006-2007. White-tailed deer numbers have fluctuated since 2005, and the number observed in 2013-14 was comparable to that observed in 2005. A total of 99 moose were observed in the four replicate blocks in 2013-14, which is the lowest count of moose since 2005, representing a decrease of 24% from 2005 and a decrease of 28% from 2012. Overall elk numbers have appeared to increase from 2005 and 2012; however, this type of survey does not provide reliable results indicative of elk populations in the agricultural area.

Read the entire technical report:

Peace Agriculture Zone Ungulate Winter Replicate Block Count – February 2014

This is a technical document reporting on an arial moose survey done in Management Unit 7-35 during December of 2013.

Here is a description of what was done:

“A Stratified Random Block (SRB) aerial survey was conducted in Management Unit (MU) 7-35, west of Fort St. John. The survey was conducted December 2 through December 8, 2013 and covered the entire MU area (2,376 km2). Snow conditions were favorable and temperatures during the survey ranged from -24?C to -5?C. The objectives of the survey were to estimate moose density, bull/cow ratios, and calf/cow ratios.”

Full report: 2013 MU 735 Moose Survey Report

Nick Baccante, regional section head for Fish and Wildlife, has provided the following recent reports related to fish and wildlife in Region 7b (Peace-Liard):

2013 WILDLIFE HARVEST SUMMARIES 1976 to 2010

2013 South Peace Goat Inventory July 2013 FINAL

2013 Public Wildlife Count Report

2013 PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE F&W PRIORITIES AND ISSUES

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club has received funding from the Canadian Government’s Environment Assessment Agency to review and comment on BC Hydro’s Environment Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Site C dam.

Dr. John Nagy has produced a draft report on the EIS:

Draft_review_of_Site C_Dam_EIS

After consulting with the club membership, Dr. John Nagy, Brian Churchill and Jim Little have written and submitted our Comments on the Site C Clean Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement:

Site C_Dam_EIS Review_for_NPRGC